WORK OF ART: Graffiti artist Ash Johnston (far right) with members of the Coffs Racing Pigeon Club, president John Payne, Jason Price with son Kaiden, and treasurer Alex Kinning, beside the mural Ash painted for the club. INSET: The mural continues on the side of the building.
WORK OF ART: Graffiti artist Ash Johnston (far right) with members of the Coffs Racing Pigeon Club, president John Payne, Jason Price with son Kaiden, and treasurer Alex Kinning, beside the mural Ash painted for the club. INSET: The mural continues on the side of the building. Emily Burley

Anzacs commemorated in Pigeon Racing Club mural

THE Anzacs and the use of pigeons in war have been depicted in a colourful mural by local street artist Ash Johnston.

Mr Johnston, of Open Studio Coffs Harbour, was commissioned by Coffs Harbour members of the Mid North Coast Pigeon Federation to paint the design on their club building.

He said the mural was a great way of commemorating the Anzacs, as well as bringing attention to the pigeon racing activities that take place there.

“It’s something that young people can appreciate because it’s done with spray cans,

and then the older generations can appreciate it because it’s bringing

in a new crowd to their interest group,” MrJohnston said.

Club treasurer Alex Kinning said the mural highlighted the important role pigeons played in war.

“They used to carry messages,” Mr Kinning said.

“They had mobile lofts which they’d train the pigeons to, if they were in trouble, they could put a message in a band on the leg of the pigeon and it would fly back.

“They saved a lot of lives.”

These days the pigeons are used for racing, with the birds “liberated” and their return timed.

For more on the club, phone Jason 0423369011.



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